Colorado terrier scraps with large lizard Down Under |

Colorado terrier scraps with large lizard Down Under

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

A Jack Russell terrier from Colorado, living temporarily in Australia with his owners, has been recognized by a pet insurance firm for triggering a “most unusual” claim.

Jack, a 10-year-old male, tangled with a large lizard Down Under and the terrier was torn up in the October scrap.

Jack’s claim, submitted by his owners, Jacquelin and Lance Throneberry of Denver, was among 80,000 submitted to Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in December, said Grant Biniasz, a spokesman with the California-based firm.

The claim was selected by VPI “as the most unusual of the bunch.”

Jack received cuts on his front and hind legs that “required multiple stitches, several staples and treatment with a series of antibiotics,” Biniasz said.

Jacquelin Throneberry told the insurance firm that Jack ran ahead of her while out for a walk.

“Before I know it, I see Jack in the distance running down the hill violently shaking what looked like a big lizard,” Throneberry told the insurance company. “I first thought, ‘Oh no, he’s probably killed that poor lizard,’ but it soon sounded like he was fighting with it. As I got closer, I saw the lizard running up a tree alive and well.

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